Picks and Pans Review: Taping Tip: Farewell, Vietnam

updated 05/01/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>NO ONE WHO WAS WATCHING TV IN April of 1975 will ever forget the images of the last helicopters lifting off from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. A trenchant documentary on the Discovery Channel, The Fall of Saigon (Fri., April 28, 9 p.m. ET) revisits that desperate evacuation. The testimony of Washington policymakers (Henry Kissinger and former President Gerald Ford) is interspersed with the recollections of diplomats, journalists, military personnel and citizens who were present in the chaotic final days. Their vivid and telling memories lend the film a rare immediacy. The interviews, combined with remarkable archival footage, provide a detailed recounting of the panicky finish to one of the most tragic chapters in U.S. history.

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